Heading into the post-season, the Golden State Warriors have been pegged as the heavy favorite to take home the Larry O’Brien Trophy come June. With an NBA-leading 67-15 regular season record, the Warriors would enter the playoffs as the top seed in the Western Conference. Meanwhile, their first round counterpart, Portland Trail Blazers, would secure the No. 8 seed in the west after a 41-41 regular season record. With star players on both sides, the series will certainly be entertaining; and game one was no exception.
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The game would be tied at 56 heading into halftime.
The score would remain close through the end of the third quarter, tied at 88. Yet, the Warriors would take over in the fourth. Despite a late comeback effort from Portland, Golden State would pull away to claim a 121-109 victory.
The Warriors would get major help from their star players. Forward Kevin Durant would explode for 32 points and 10 rebounds in his first playoff game with the team. Meanwhile, reigning MVP guard Stephen Curry would add on 29 points, five rebounds and four assists. Yet, perhaps the best performance for Golden State came from forward Draymond Green.
Green would dominate on both sides of the floor. He would put up 19 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, while also adding on five blocks and three steals.
Though dropping the game, the Blazers would get big-time play from their stars. Damian Lillard would end the game with 34 points, five rebounds and three assists. Meanwhile, CJ McCollum would score a playoff career-high of 41 points, while also adding on eight rebounds.
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Game two will take place on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. Tip-off is set for 10:30 p.m. ET and will be aired on TNT.